Seven New Champions Crowned at the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp presented by Pic's Peanut Butter, in South Australia

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter saw seven new champions crowned today following an exciting day of surfing at Day Street, Middleton today.


Young Maia Taite 10 continued with her impressive form. Fresh off a second place at the Grom Search Maia went on to take the U12 and U14 Girls divisions. Her older brother Tai Taite took the 14 Boys division, so both will be heading off to the High Performance Centre for an all expenses paid 3 day Woolworths Surfing Camp next year. Maia and Tai are following in older brother Ruka Taite’s footsteps who also won the trip in previous years.


‘I am so happy to win a trip to the HPC, I can’t wait to go', said young Maia Taite.

 ‘I am happy to win’ said Tai, “Last year I just lost out so this year I was really determined to win the trip”


The Under 12 Boy’s went to another local star King Cairns. King who has only just turned 10 is surfing way beyond his years and was a standout surfer in the event. Competing in both the U12 and U14 Boy’s he dominated most his heats for the day. King was also awarded the AirAsia wave of the day for a near perfect scoring wave in the Under 14 Boys division.

‘I am happy to take the Under 12 Boy’s title.  Next year my goal it to take out both the Under 12 and Under 14 Boy's’, said King.


The Under 10 Boys division went to local ripper Noah Keelan who looked unstoppable all event. Young Noah was also awarded the Woolworths Fresh Wave award for a near perfect ride in the opening round of the event. The Under 10 Girls division was taking out by Jemma Crowley in a closely contested affair. 


Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.


As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surf Camp at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.


Specialty awards to be provided at each event include the Woolworths Fresh Wave (boy & girl), Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performers (boy & girl) and AirAsia Air of the Day.


Each entrant will also receive a Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut surfboard sock for entering.


The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter has helped to launch the careers of many of Australia's most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2018/19 event series.



Under-14 Boys

1 – Tai Taite (Seaford, SA)

2 – Jerry Kelly (Barwon Heads, VIC)

3 – King Cairns (Christies Beach, SA)

4 – Rueben Williams (Seaford, SA)


Under-14 Girls

1 – Maia Taite (Seaford, SA)

2 – Poppy Sweetman  (Middleton, SA)

3 – Indiana Freeth (Glandore, SA)

4 – Meg Day (Moonta, SA)


Under-12 Boys

1 – King Cairns (Christies Beach, SA)

2 – Jerry Kelly (Barwon Heads, VIC)

3 – Alfie Greenleaf (Prospect, SA)

4 – Riley Lewis (West Beach, SA)


Under-12 Girls

1 – Maia Taite  (Seaford, SA)

2 – Sarah Seuren (Inverloch, VIC)

3 – Sonia Seuren (Inverloch, VIC)

4 - Ella Lewis (West Beach, SA)


Under-10 Boys

1 – Noah Keelan (Middleton, SA)

2 – Ashton Crowley (Port Noarlunga, SA)

3 – Joel Maritz (Tugan, QLD)

4 – Jett Blue (Thirroul, NSW)


Under-10 Girls

1 – Jemma Crowley (Port Noarlunga, SA)

2 – Misty Brauer (Middleton, SA)



Under-8 Mixed

1 – Joel Maritz (Tugan, QLD)

2 – Pria Jackwell(Seaford, SA)

3 – Danial Maritz (Tugan, Qld)


Woolworths Fresh Wave Award


Maia Taite  (Seaford, SA)

Noah Keelan (Middleton, SA)


Pic’s Peanut Butter Performer Award:


Joel Maritz (Tugan, QLD)

Poppy Sweetman  (Middleton, SA)



AirAsia Wave Of The Day


King Cairns (Christies Baech, SA)



Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps 2018/2019 Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter schedule:

EVENT 1 - Cronulla, NSW - Sept 1 - 2, 2018

EVENT 2 - Northern Beaches, NSW - Sept 8 - 9, 2018

EVENT 3 - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Oct 7 - 8, 2018

EVENT 4 - Kiama, NSW - Oct 13 - 14, 2018

EVENT 5 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Nov 3, 2018

EVENT 6 - Ocean Grove, VIC - Nov 17 - 18, 2018

EVENT 7 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 8 - 9, 2018

EVENT 8 - Gold Coast, QLD - Jan 9 - 10, 2019

EVENT 9 -Trigg, WA - Jan 26 - 27, 2019

EVENT 10 - Clifton Beach, TAS - Feb 23, 2019